Taking care of business

January 8, 2018

When it comes to digital transformation, many in the professional services sector are falling behind the times, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Pete Watson, CEO of North East-based managed service provider Atlas Cloud

Professional services firms are being tightly squeezed on fees and the need to drive efficiencies. Staff are increasingly demanding flexible working, and mobile cloud workers typically generate 20 per cent more income than workers wedded to their desk. It’s clear that equity partners need to start seeing the long-term benefits for future generations coming up through the ranks and at Atlas Cloud, we’re helping clients to do just that.

Seamless integration and minimum downtime

For Stocksfield-based Clarand Accountant – an organisation which works closely with tech and digital companies – the ability to securely handle sensitive financial data while collaborating easily and seamlessly was key in the decision to switch to the cloud.

Claire Priestley, director of Clarand, says: “To work efficiently, we needed a managed service provider with substantial low downtime and a high response rate.”

The firm contacted Atlas Cloud to help them find a solution to meet their needs.

Claire continues: “Applications we have used for years, such as CCH and Sage, have been seamlessly integrated within the cloud platform, allowing staff to pick up right where they left off, to enable us to securely access them whenever we need to, from any location.”

Atlas Cloud has partnered with software company Sage as its hosting and cloud partner for the UK and Ireland, and is starting to see acceleration of professional firms driving efficiency and productivity through consuming cloud-based IT.

As a Sage partner, Atlas Cloud hosts more than 350 applications and the partnership has enabled accountants to be more secure, more mobile and more flexible than ever.

Risk, security and remote working

For Durham-based criminal law firm Kenneth M Barrow & Co (KMB), moving to the cloud was all about allowing staff to work remotely, while mitigating the risk of potential security breaches.

With data and applications stored on servers within the four walls of the office and lack of a robust disaster recovery strategy in place, the firm faced threats to the integrity of its data and security. It also found it was severely restricted when it came to editing, sharing and accessing files when out of the office, especially since emailing files back and forth posed a massive security threat.

Ravi Khosla, partner at KMB, says: “After detecting these issues with our previous IT setup, we needed a solution that enabled us to embrace digital modernisation whilst still being fully secure. Staff now have the ability to work around the clock, when it suits them with data fully monitored. You can’t beat the safety, security and compliance Atlas offers.”

Atlas Cloud worked with KMB to modernise its entire IT system to a Hosted Desktop solution. Instead of storing all data, applications and files on a costly-to-run office server, staff have the ability to access and edit documents of any size, on any device, with the confidence that they are backed up with a fully-integrated disaster recovery strategy and high-level security, meaning they are always one step ahead.

At Atlas Cloud, we’re helping our clients to see the cloud as an enabler and help tackle the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With our registered ISO 27001.2013 security standard and recognised credibility through our partnerships with industry leaders such as Sage, we’re able to give firms such as Clarand and KMB the confidence they need, leaving them to take care of business.

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